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Benefit dinner held to raise money for woman critically injured in car accident

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The family of a woman critically injured in a recent car accident is receiving an outpouring of community support

A benefit dinner was held for the Gurnsey family Saturday night at Calvary Memorial Church in Gering.

34-year-old Katie Gurnsey was critically injured October 16 in a car accident in eastern Nebraska that also claimed the life of another passenger.

Since the accident, the community has organized a series of fundraisers and events to help the Gurnsey family with medical expenses while Katie is still in the hospital.

Sue Gompert, who helped organize Saturday's spaghetti feed, says Katie is currently in a coma and unresponsive at Madonna Rehab Center.

She says the support for the Gurnsey's has been phenomenal, and everyone is working to raise hope, and money to bring Katie back home.  

"More than anything, they have a one year little old girl and a three year old little girl that keep looking for mommy to come home. And so they are both not working, well, Katie is not working at all, and Jason is not working very much, so we're trying to raise money to help the family with expenses through all of this."

Gompert works with Katie's husband Jason, and says this has been a difficult time for him.

"You can see it on his face, he's having a tough time. Especially when he's with his girls. But I think he felt pretty good this week, he worked a couple days then he got to take his girls down to see their mom this weekend."

Jason was not able to attend the dinner Saturday night because he was in Lincoln with his daughters visiting Katie, but Gompert he was "Skyped" in during dinner to thank everyone for their support.

"He has a lot of hope," Gompert said. "We all do. We believe in miracles."

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